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Little ol' school house getting new life

Posted on September 10, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren and John McCright



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SOUTH STARKSBORO — Greg Orvis easily recalls the days when the one big classroom at the Jerusalem Schoolhouse in South Starksboro was buzzing with activity. As many as 27 students in grades 1 through 8  learned their lessons under the watchful eye of Mrs. Wyman when Orvis attended the school in the late 1950s and ’60s.

“She was very organized, and some of the older kids helped the younger kids,” Orvis, 61, said of Lucy Wyman, who taught at the grade school for years.

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Counseling service plans new program for youth

Posted on September 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Counseling Service of Addison County is seeking permission from Middlebury town officials to transform one of its former group homes into a base to deliver programs for youths dealing with autism and/or emotional and behavioral challenges.

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Police chase leads in dog shooting incident

MIDDLEBURY — Police are looking for the assistance from the public to find out who shot a dog off Airport Road in East Middlebury last Monday night.

Middlebury police received a report that Michael Breitigan was walking his dog at around 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 3 when a shot from a rifle came through the trees and struck his four-year-old Rottweiler, Bobo.

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More EEE mosquito spraying planned for Friday evening

Posted on September 7, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



UPDATED: Spraying times announced.

WHITING/BRANDON — Vermont Department of Health officials this morning said that lightning and poor visibility made it impossible for them to fully complete the mosquito aerial spraying operation in Brandon and Whiting on Thursday evening.

Spraying of the pesticide Anvil 10+10 will continue tonight between 7:30 and 11 p.m. Officials hope to complete all spraying tonight.

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Brandon man dies from mosquito bite; state to spray on Thursday

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — One man is dead and another remains hospitalized after the first human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in Vermont were detected in Brandon and Whiting on Saturday, and state officials are on the offensive.

Richard Hollis Breen, 87, of  Brandon died Tuesday from the disease and a man from Sudbury remains hospitalized on Wednesday. Breen lived on the emu farm in Brandon where at least 16 emus died from the disease last September when EEE was for the first time detected in animals in the state.

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United Way lowers its fundraising target

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County (UWAC) officials will launch the 2012 fundraising campaign on Sept. 20 with what they believe is a more realistic financial goal and an impending change in its administrative leadership.

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Young reader tells us about her favorite books

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By Arianna Graham-Gurland



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Editor’s note: One of the prizes for participants in this summer’s Dream Big Summer Reading Program at Ilsley Public Library was the opportunity to work with the editor on a story for the Addison Independent. Seven-year-old Arianna Graham-Gurland, who just started second grade with Mrs. Doyle at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury, was the top reader in the Grade 1-3 category tallying 160 titles this past summer. Here she tells about some of the books she liked best.

 

By ARIANNA GRAHAM-GURLAND

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Country farmers taking steps to fight lake pollution

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — In the wake of blue-green algae outbreaks along Lake Champlain and public beaches closing due to high E. coli levels, the health of Vermont’s freshwater resources was a hot-button issue for many Vermonters this summer.

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Educators fire up kids with after school classes

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Susan Borg and Richard Nessen have already made an impact on education in the Middlebury area. Borg founded the Quarry Hill School in 1974, while Nessen helped establish the Bridge School in 1980. Both have placed a premium on teaching to individual students rather than trying to tailor subject matter to a large class.

It is a successful technique they would like to see passed on. But change in the education field rarely comes overnight.

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Vermont native acts out his California life on stage

Posted on September 3, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Some playwrights can spend months in dank libraries or other exotic places researching script material for stage performances.

But Middlebury native Mike Sommers has fashioned a 90-minute, one-man play just by drinking in the sights from the stoop of his house in West Oakland, Calif.

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